A fantastic few days just spent in Navarra, Spain. Made even more special as the visit coincided with the grape harvest. Quite a unique experience as this is the busiest time of year in a winery calendar with staff seldom having a moment spare, especially to entertain a bunch of work-shy journos and bloggers!
So huge thanks to the lovely people at Ochoa who held up a harvesting machine so we could go see, and, climb on board and enjoy a joy ride over a couple of rows of Tempranillo. This colossus of a machine trundles up and down shaking the grapes free from the vine. It is not a comfortable ride up on top to be honest. Its bumpy and its shaky. Frankly I’m amazed I managed to take any photos at all let alone having any come out in focus and usable. It’s a cling-on or fall off type ride!
After a further ride around the extensive Ochoa vineyards we returned to the winery and sipped on their rather decent sweet wine as the grapes we picked rolled into the winery and were tipped into a hopper.
Another first. A sample of the grape must as it was tipped from the tractor. As you can see Ms Madrano found the unfermented juice rather pleasant.
Photo Gallery: Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain